21st May 2015, 15:12
Ystalyfera reach Year 8 schools Final in London
Wales will have two representatives at Champion Schools Finals weekend in London in August after Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera’s Year 8 side beat St John’s Fisher from Dewsbury 40-18 to set up a meeting with St Peter’s School from Wigan.
YSGOL GYFUN YSTALYFERA (SWANSEA VALLEYS) 40 ST JOHN’S FISHER (DEWSBURY) 18
Wales will have two representatives at Champion Schools Finals weekend in London in August after Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera’s Year 8 side beat St John’s Fisher from Dewsbury 44-18 to set up a meeting with St Peter’s School from Wigan.
The match will be played on Friday 28th August at Richmond RFC, the day before the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
This Tuesday, fellow Welsh speaking school Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf from Cardiff qualified for the Year 7 Final which is traditionally played at Wembley Stadium as a curtain raiser to the professional encounter, and the Ystalyfera players won’t miss out on that occasion either.
All teams who play in the Friday finals day will be put up overnight in London and win or lose, will parade around the Wembley pitch in between the two games.
After their disappointment of losing in the Year 7 semi-final in 2014, Ystalyfera, who fielded seven West Wales under 14 players, weren’t going to let this opportunity slip and were always in control of the game racing into an 18-0 lead with four tries in the first 15 minutes.
Iestyn Morgan ran over for the first two tries with Iestyn Atkins getting the third and Zack Young the next, Jac Tregoning converting the fourth try to make the score 18-0.
Tries from Sam McManus and Jay Scriven for the Yorkshire side got the back into the game but both went unconverted to make the score 18-8 at the break.
But four tries in the same of 12 minutes in the second half well and truly sealed the game for the Swansea valley school.
Morgan completed his hat-trick on 46 minutes that Tregoning converted. Owen Lloyd Hughes followed him over four minutes later. Morgan notched his fourth from kick-off before Tregoning scored a try to add to his two goals.
St John’s Fisher did come back with two late consolation scores through Scriven with his second and one from Tom Berry converted by Harry Copley, but Iestyn Hopkins ran over for Ystalyfera’s final try to complete a fantastic week for schools Rugby League in Wales.